#491 CRAFT challenge – Christmas

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The cute bird is the image I have used for this challenge. I decided to sit him on a bottle filled with festive things (citrus, star anise, a fir cone and a letter to Santa. The background I inked with a torn piece of paper, a tree line stencil and some blue and green distress inks.


#490 CRAFT challenge – Christmas Present

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This weeks challenge gave me another chance to make a Christmas card! Like last week I have used Chloe’s stamps and dies either side of this girl sitting on top of the Christmas presents.

I stamped, heat embossed and die cut the sprays either side of the ADU image and then created two separate poinsettias to layer up the centre flower on either side. The sentiment on this card is also one of Chloe’s. I kept the colours simple to make the main image stand out a little more.

I coloured this image with a variety of skin colour tone pens, just to show that you don’t have to use things as they are badged. On top of the wings and shoes I also added some quickie glue and some glimmer dust.

#482 CRAFT challenge – Christmas

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Our sponsor for this challenge is The Paper Shelter and the theme is Christmas! The year is certainly going much quicker than expected. So many things I would still like to accomplish!

This cute image is ‘Snow Angel’. I chose to put her in amongst the snowflakes and give the card a feminine feel. I die cut a whole lot of snowflakes and arranged them on the top layer which I raised just slightly on foam pads. I coloured the second layer snowflakes a subtle pink and let these peep out from below. Around each of the layers these is also a slight glittered pink border and to finish off I added a few gems to the centre of the snowflakes and a simple sentiment.

I wonder if we will get any snow this year?

#186 Dream Valley Challenge – Girlie

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The first of the two cards I have made for this challenge is ‘Cupcake Amara’. I coloured this one in pinks, but because of her blonde hair I went for the background being mainly pink and yellow, with some green thrown in from the foliage. I cut out the lacework type shape and inked it up with distress inks and found the green hexagons in my stash and cut the additional ones to add in. I made the flower too (this is my first attempt) I was pretty pleased. I think it’s quite fresh and vibrant and girlie and I hope you do too.

My next card this week was ‘Daisy Emma’. I am well aware from my daughters that not all girls like pink so I decided to do another card in blues and yellows to show that you don’t have to use pink to be girlie.

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#481 CRAFT challenge – Shaker card

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The challenge this time was to make a shaker card. Our sponsor is The Cutting Cafe. I made two cards for this challenge.

Card 1 – circle shaker

I had the background I’d made a while back with some distress inks and while I was away in Cornwall recently I picked up the fairy die. As soon as I saw her I imagined a black silhouette on an inked background so here she is bought to life! I cut her twice and overlapped where she was on the card to give a fairy inside and out.

I was also able to use the Creative Expressions stamp set (CEC872 spread your wings journaling) for the two sentiments on the front and inside this card. I knew they were a useful set when I picked them up! These sentiments were stamped in jet black Stâzon.

I faintly inked the inside of this card using the same distress inks is used on the front to tone the card completely. Then used my Chameleon pens to colour in the word ‘wings’ and ‘soar’.

The final stamps I used were a set I’d picked up from Sheena Douglass (A little bit of scenic silhouette stamps set) a while back in 2015. These form the silhouette flowers around the card.

Card 2 – jar shaker

As the first card had been very feminine I wanted to make a contrasting masculine card.

I hope you like my shaker cards.

#185 Dream Valley challenge – Autumn Colours

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I’ve had the paper I’ve used in the background for some years but never quite had a use until now. It’s funny how when a project comes along you know just the things that will go together! As our sponsor for this challenge is dies to die for, I’ve chosen various dies that I had. A Tim Holtz alterations die, a feather die and two nested dies to set off the sentiment.

The feathers were cut from a background I’d made from brusho, spritzed with water and when dry it brushed out some pixie powers to give some depth and shimmer to the project. On top of this I sprayed some gold crafters companion spray and sparkle.

The background paper I cut the Tim Holtz diamonds alterations die out of the top corner and the pieces that came out I used for depth and texture by sticking them at various places on the paper I’d cut to 6×6.

The sentiment plates were cut from a coordinating piece of card that I’d made with inks on a background making day. These were die cut and on the front piece I added the sentiment in stone grey stazon and the back piece I sprayed again with the crafted companion gold spray and sparkle.

#480 CRAFT challenge – Back to School

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The summer holidays are always over too soon and it’s back to routine and that means back to school for the kids.

I coloured this card with my Chameleon pens and stamped and inked around the edge of the image mat with some distress inks. Mounted this on some blue paper from my stash and added this to the front of a card covered with green card that has been stencilled with a number and alphabet stencil and a sentiment added.

#184 Dream Valley challenge – Animals

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This is such a cute image. To be slightly different I printed onto blue card and used this as a base colour. The image was coloured with my Chameleon pens and mounted onto some deeper blue card and a yellow paper from my stash. I cut some corner pieces which were one of the standard cutting files in my scan n cut machine. I added a sentiment and some of the yellow backing paper behind the apertures of the corners. These were glittered with iridescent sticklers as well as the egg shell.

#479 CRAFT challenge – Christmas

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I thought this guy was so cute carrying his Christmas tree on his back. I really enjoyed coloring him in with my Chameleon pens too. The die cut surround is from a tattered lace USB, I just felt it framed the image nicely. I created a tag with a Christmas sentiment for the top corner and I finished off the card with a new technique which I’d been wanting to try for a while. The berries on the holly are made from hot glue gun glue, I squeezed three blobs of glue out onto a heat resistant craft mat, let them dry and then coloured them with the chameleon pens. I think they look great. So much so that I’ve just bought some glittered glue sticks!

#478 CRAFT challenge – Use Numbers

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For this challenge I used my own stash, I’d been asked to make a card for a friend at work as it was to be her neighbours 60th wedding anniversary.

I started off with a sheet of pearl card, cut it out in a shapes card on my scan n cut machine. Then I used some of the crafters companion gold and pearl sprays on the background. I used the same pearlised card to cut out all of the die cut elements and inked around some of them with a gold ink. To finish I added a gem.